- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) - A federal judge will decide in August whether to approve a bankruptcy reorganization plan for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings that includes a $20 million settlement for dozens of sexual abuse victims.

The diocese reached an agreement last month with the attorneys for 86 people who said they were abused as children by clergy employed by the diocese, which covers eastern Montana.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Jim Pappas set an Aug. 14 hearing in Butte to confirm the reorganization plan.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys Craig Vernon and James Leander said Tuesday that the diocese’s creditors will vote on the plan before the hearing, and that the judge will likely make a final ruling at the hearing.

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